This week, Michigan lawmakers concluded their spring legislative session without passing new energy policy. AMP was hopeful that Senators Nofs’ and Proos’ energy legislation would pass the Senate before the legislature adjourned for the summer so that the House could take up the legislation quickly in the fall.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.
What Happens Next?
The need for new energy policy has not diminished. In fact, as Michigan continues to lose generating capacity with more coal-fired power plants slated to close this year and next year, it is becoming even more urgent.
A recent MISO report indicates that a capacity shortfall is set to hit the entire Midwest region sooner than expected, in 2018. The situation is even more dire in Michigan, with projections showing the Lower Peninsula falling below the necessary electric capacity levels as soon as 2017—jeopardizing reliability and affordability for millions of Michiganders. As Lansing delays taking action, the need for new energy policy in Michigan is only growing.
AMP will continue to monitor the issue closely and will let you know when it’s time to make our voices heard again. That could be as soon as this fall; it all depends on what legislators do when they reconvene.
In the meantime, staying engaged in AMP will ensure you are the first to know when energy policy is back on the agenda in Lansing.
Ask Us Your Questions
AMP is still moving forward with our email town hall, and we want to know what questions you have about Michigan energy policy, the Nofs-Proos energy bills, or the legislative process in general.
Here’s how you can participate:
|1.||Send us your questions about Michigan energy policy
|2.||We’ll select the most frequently asked questions we get and respond to them later this month.
|3.||Over the coming weeks, we’ll continue answering any additional questions we get.|
We know there are a lot of questions, especially about the latest legislative movement (or lack thereof) regarding energy policy. Get involved and ask us your questions today!